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How to add categories, subcategories and accounting categories to your ingredients

Apicbase gives you a lot of possibilities to structure your ingredients. Adding categories, subcategories and accounting categories can help you to organize and filter your ingredients. This article shows you how.

You can add ingredient information manually or in bulk using the Excel import. Learn more about adding ingredients in the following articles:

Adding ingredients manually

Adding ingredients in bulk

You can add a lot of information to ingredients that is not required to use Apicbase. The brand, shelf life, Internal/External ID,... can be useful, but are not necessary to make successful use of the platform.

We have learned from our experience that most of our customers do fill in the ingredient category and subcategory to filter on ingredients. The accounting category is also often used because the stock reports are divided into accounting categories and give your accountant the necessary info to make year reports.

You can add the ingredient category, subcategory and accounting category either manually or using the Excel import.

However, you first have to create the categories, subcategories, and accounting categories as a custom field. Apicbase allows adding custom fields to ingredients. The recipe category, subcategory and accounting category are custom fields that are already added to your library from the beginning. You have to fill in the different categories for each field. If you want to read up on creating a custom field you can do so in this article.

When you have filled in the categories in the custom field tab of your library settings, you can add them to the ingredient information. If you use the Excel-import be sure that you use the correct category names.